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on 2 November 2003
Mediaeval Baebes return with their 2nd compilation album which is culled from their previous four releases :- Salva Nos,Worldes Blysse,Undrentide,and The Rose. All of these albums have brought the group much critical acclaim,and even topped the classical album charts,much to the annoyance of classical music purists. This success is well deserved though, as this compilation will bear out. Founder Members Katharine Blake and Dorothy Carter (who sadly passed away a couple of months ago) gathered their friends together and set traditional mediaeval literature to music. The result isnt authentic mediaeval music, but kind of a mediaeval pastiche, and this works very well. Using real mediaeval instruments such as the hurdy gurdy, and psaltery along with recorders,drums,even guitars the girls manage to make the most beatiful music youre ever likely to hear.
The album opens with two well known Seasonal songs :-Holly and the Ivy and Gaudete which are both new recordings,before the absolutely bewitching "L'amour d'Moi" which has featured on both the Baebes album "the Rose" and Dorothy's solo album.Moving through the album there is much to fall in love with,particulary the sprightly jaunt of "Undrentide" and the Wintery majesty of "Blow Northern Wind".Taking in such songs as Kinderely and Love me broughte,I am Eve etc these girls have made an album that is the alternative to the alternative and will appeal to everyone from the Goths to the Grannies.I seriously recommend you buy this album now!!!